Around Town First Day March 26, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

SOFTBALL BOOSTERS — The Artesia High School Softball Boosters will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, in the Park Junior High School cafeteria.
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APS CLOSURE — The Artesia Public Schools will not be in session Friday, April 3, in observance of Spring Interim. There will be no DD preschool that day.
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EASTER PARTY — The Helpers Club of San Pedro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will host an Easter party for residents at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the dining room with cupcakes and punch being served after the hat parade. All members, family and interested persons are welcome to attend. For more information, call 746-7314.
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SECOND CHANCES — Second Chances, 401 W. Quay Ave., will hold a 50-percent-off sale on everything but furniture March 31 and April 2 and 4.
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ROAD CONSTRUCTION — Eddy County will be conducting road construction on North 13th Street from Mill Road north to U.S. 285 beginning Monday, March 30. Completion date is estimated in mid- to the end of April. Motorists are asked to use caution and be prepared for detours or delays.
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MAIN EVENT SHOWS — The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center will host two shows March 27-28 to complement the Main Event Car Show and Cruise. Bill Haley Jr. and The Comets will perform 1950s and ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, March 27, and Masters of Soul will perform a Motown review at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Tickets range from $15-$25 and may be purchased online at www.artesiaartscouncil.com or at the OPAC Box Office.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around town.)

MARCHIVERSARY — Week Four of the Artesia Public Library’s MARCHiversary celebration will be Family Fun Week and will include the following special events, taking place in the library’s meeting room unless otherwise noted: 6-8 p.m. today, Family Science Night; noon Friday, March 27, Books n’ Bites, “Blood Relations” by Lonna Enox (lunch available for $3); 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Cookies & Canvas with Pam Atkins (only 20 seats available).
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RECYCLED ART SHOW — The Eddy County Recycled Art Show will be held today through Friday, April 10, at the Artesia Public Library. For more information, call 748-3192.
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U.S. 82 MEETINGS — The New Mexico Department of Transportation will hold public information meetings to discuss improvement to U.S. 82 between Artesia and Lovington. Meetings will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. today at CVE in Artesia and the Lea County Museum Town Hall in Lovington. Written comments must be submitted no later than April 10 to Parsons Brinckerhoff, Attn: U.S. 82 Alignment Study, 6100 Upton Blvd. NE, Ste. 700, Albuquerque, N.M., 87110; US82RoadwayProject@        pbworld.com; or faxed to 505-881-7602.
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SNMCAC — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation (SNMCAC) will hold its board of directors meeting at 6 p.m. today at the SNMCAC Building, 1915 San Jose Blvd., Carlsbad. For more information, call 575-887-3939
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MAIN EVENT — The 18th Annual Main Event Car Show and Cruise, sponsored by the Artesia Car Enthusiasts and Artesia MainStreet, will be held March 27-28 at Heritage Plaza with early registration at noon Friday. Cruise lineup will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Heritage Plaza for a cruise down Main Street at 6:30 p.m. Window stickers are required and will be available free at the registration trailer. Car show lineup starts at 6 a.m. Saturday with more than 120 trophies to be given out at 4 p.m. The event is free to the public. Saturday’s show will feature the 1948 Lincoln Continental retirement gift presented to Babe Ruth by Ford Motor Company. DJ John of Tucson, Ariz., will provide ‘50s music Friday afternoon and Saturday. Smokin’ on the Pecos cooking crew will have a variety of food and drinks on sale Saturday. Car show registration is $25; early registration is available by calling Dorothy at 746-9477 or Dolores at 746-4796.
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UMPIRE CLINIC — Artesia Youth Baseball will hold umpire clinics from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Jaycee Park. Anyone wishing to umpire this season must attend.
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ON THE MOVE — On the Move will have hot meals, clothing and showers available for those in need at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center, 322 W. Grand Ave. For more information, call 708-0033.
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PORCELAIN ART CLUB — The Yucca Porcelain Art Club will meet at 9 a.m. for coffee, followed by a business meeting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 28, in the Westminster Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 2801 W. Fourth St., Roswell. Shirley Nock will be the demonstrator. Bring paints to paint along. For more information, contact Linda Monk at 317-6758 or Julia Esquibel at 622-5024. Visitors are welcome.
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DEMOCRATIC PARTY — The Eddy County Democratic Party will hold a combined ward and county officer and central committee election at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the IBEW Union Hall, 608 N. Main St., Carlsbad. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. All eligible registered Democrats in attendance will nominate and elect ward and county officers and county and state central committee members. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact DPNM at 505-830-3650 or email eddycounty democrats@gmail.com.
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GOLF SCRAMBLE — Artesia Clean & Beautiful will hold its 18th annual golf scramble at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Artesia Country Club. To register, contact Juan Jimenez at the pro shop, 746-6732. For more information or to sponsor a tee box, call the AC&B at 748-3192.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION — The Artesia Public Schools will hold 2015-16 kindergarten registration from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, and Wednesday, April 1, and 9 a.m. – noon Thursday, April 2, at Grand Heights Early Childhood Center, 2302 W. Grand Ave., and Head Start, 504 W. Gage Ave. Students must turn 5 before Sept. 1. Necessary documentation includes: original (state issued) birth certificate, current immunization record, photo ID of parent/guardian enrolling the student, and proof of residency (any official document with parent/guardian name and current address).
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ALZHEIMER’S CLASS — The Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter will hold a free class on the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Senior Center. “Know the 10 Signs” will help participants differentiate between normal, age-related forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s indicators. For more information, call 1-800-272-3900, visit www.alz.org/ newmexico, or email plujan@ alz.org.
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COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE — The Eddy County Offices will be close for a half-day at noon Friday, April 3, in observance of Good Friday. Sheriff’s deputies will remain on duty, and the road department will have a crew on call.
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ENMU-R SPRING BREAK — Students and faculty at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell will observe Spring Break Saturday, March 28, – Friday, April 3. Saturday classes will resume Saturday, April 4. The regular class schedule will resume Monday, April 6. All main campus offices will be open during Spring Break from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. – noon Friday. For campus information, call 624-7000.
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SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT — The inaugural Marisela C. Araujo Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament will be held Saturday, April 4, at Jaycee Park. Divisions include men’s open, D and E, and coed. Entry fee is $200 with a three-game guarantee; deadline to enter is March 31. To register or for more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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EASTER SERVICE — A Community Easter Service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 5, at the Artesia High School Auditorium. Bring the whole family; activities are planned for children in fifth grade and under at Bulldog Pit, and quality nursery care will be provided for younger children.
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PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws will not be distributing spay and neuter certificates until April 11 due to the Easter holiday. Certificates will be handed out to Eddy County residents only at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. Donations are appreciated.
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FUNDS4BOOKS — The Park Junior High Library is holding a Funds4Books campaign to raise money for new library books. All proceeds benefit the library. To donate, visit www.funds4books.com and enter code 79C9 by April 10.
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AHS ANNUAL — The Artesia High School yearbook is on sale now through April 10. Annuals are $85 each and may be purchased by students and parents at balfour.com or Artesia High School. No orders will be taken after April 10, and no extras will be ordered.
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PUBLIC HEARINGS — The Eddy County Commission will conduct public hearings on the animal ordinance and the implementation of a county 3/8 hold harmless gross receipts tax at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in commission chambers at the county administration building, 101 W. Greene St., Carlsbad.
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KENW AUCTION — The 40th Annual KENW-TV Auction will be held online April 20-30 with three nights of “live,” call-in bidding April 21, 23 and 25. The auction is soliciting merchandise and gift certificates, as well as cash donations. For more information, contact Sheryl Borden at 575-562-2112 or 1-888-367-5369, or sheryl.   borden@enmu.edu.
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HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL — The City of Carlsbad will conduct its biannual hazardous waste collection from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Carlsbad Beach. For more information on what will be accepted, contact Richard Aguilar at 575-887-1191.
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RELAY FOR LIFE — Relay for Life is seeking volunteers for this year’s events. For event information, contact Cheryl Bartlett at 746-8046, cbartlett@firstamb.com or mckenney5111@gmail.com, or Cori Savage at 746-8041 or csavage@firstamb.com. To form a team, contact Lucy Bejarano at 703-4997 or lucinda_bejarano58@yahoo.comor visit www.relayforlife.org/ artesia.
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CVE OPEN FOR BUSINESS — Central Valley Electric Cooperative is open at 1403 N. 13th St. for all service and bill paying needs. Do not let the construction discourage you from visiting. The drive-through is temporarily closed, but CVE staff will meet customers at their vehicles if they are unable to enter the building; call 746-3571 from your cell phone. CVE apologizes for any inconvenience.
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ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW — Smokin’ on the Pecos is accepting applications now for the 2015 Art, Craft and Trade Show, scheduled for June 26-27 at the Eddy County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.smokinonthepecos.us or contact Leah Boone at 513-2863.
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FREE TAX PREP — Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers will be available to prepare low-income state tax returns for free from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Thursdays at the Senior Center. Bring a Social Security card, photo ID and all income amounts (SSA, SSI, W-2s, 1099s). If over 65, bring property tax or rent receipts for 2014. No federal returns. For more information, call 748-1207.
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TENNIS RACKETS NEEDED — Anyone with tennis rackets they’re no longer using willing to donate them to the Park Junior High PE Department in order to teach PE students the game of tennis is asked to drop rackets off at the school office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. or call 746-9892.
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CELEBRATE RECOVERY — Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christ-centered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Westside Church of Christ. A meal is served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 736-0201.
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CAREGIVER SUPPORT — Lakeview Christian Hospice’s Caregiver Support Group will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad. The group is open to any caregiver of the chronically and terminally ill and is free of charge. For more information, contact Samantha at 575-887-0933.
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NOON BIBLE STUDY — All ladies are invited to join a Ladies’ Noon Bible Study at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. Study will cover the Book of Romans and is geared toward women of all denominations. Lessons are covered during the lunch hour each Thursday, and lunch is available for $3. For more information, contact Rita Derrick at 513-1523.
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LIBRARY PROGRAMS — Community programs at the Artesia Public Library have resumed in the StoryTime Room. The Toddler Program for children ages 2-3 will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and last one hour. The Baby Time Program for children ages birth-24 months will be held at 11 a.m. Fridays and last one hour. The Very Ready Reading Program will be used for both groups, consisting of easy books, music, rhymes, and movement. For more information, contact Geri Dosalua, youth services librarian, at 748-9966.
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DIVORCE CARE — Divorce Care meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the fireside room at Trinity Temple Assembly of God. For more information, contact Debi Argo at 748-2962.
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MEALS ON WHEELS — Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and disabled. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.
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KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE — The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.
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GRIEF SHARE — Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.
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LITERACY PROGRAM — Mothers are encouraged to utilize the time their children are in school by improving English, math and computer skills or working on a GED through the Artesia Literacy Council’s New Beginnings program. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 2002 W. Grand Ave. (inside Westside Church of Christ).
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SENIOR BINGO — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
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BAG SALE — The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary will have bag sales each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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WOMEN’S AA — A women’s AA group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at 505 W. Richey Ave. For more information, call 748-5412.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 505 W. Richey.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — The We are Not Saints group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 809 S. 10th St.